After spending the greater part of 2011 absorbing the band's self-titled album and witnessing a compelling performance at the Fivepoints Arthouse, I met with the rhythm section of Rank/Xerox at their house in the Sunset to discuss their the band's internal politics, relationship with the press, and ... More >>
Sean ParkerThe Occupy protesters might think they have it bad. Dealing with latrine-like encampments, tear-gas assaults, and general derision from the nation's economic and political elite is no walk in the park. But Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker has news for them: His life is pretty tou ... More >>
Lil Wayne's family-friendly fun.Lil Wayne Friday, September 2, 2011 @Shoreline Amphitheatre Better than: Rap shows without fireworks and fake gunshots "I apologize to the parents who brought their kids because of the cussing," said Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. at the end of a nearly two-hour ... More >>
Is this what it takes?On Tuesday, Forbes published its list of hip-hop's 20 highest earners: Jay-Z at number one, naturally, with $63 million, and Senegalese crooner Akon edging out Lil Wayne by a milli -- Weezy's cash-accruing steez have been impressively unabated by his recent jail sentenc ... More >>
Leaving no gimmick unturned, that Super Size Me guy goes searching for Public Enemy No. 1.
Thizzle, bling, and blunts may have helped bring down the overhyped hyphy movement. But KMEL pulled the trigger.
Chow Nasty gets Super funked up
As mainstream hip hop stalemates in commodities, underground MCs keep old-school aesthetics alive through art
Bands reunited, sock-stuffing legends, and chanteuses from Charo to Chaka? It could only mean summer sounds in the Bay Area!
Andre Nickatina raps about being one of the Fillmore's hardest MCs, so what's he doing driving a Toyota?
Let us not squander the gift of mass lawsuits against average Joes: Fuck the RIAA!
Charlie's high-flying heroines kick ass, but not the sequel syndrome
Goapele wants to be a soul star, without all the major-label headaches
If you missed this year's SF Weekly Music Awards ... well, what can we say? You screwed up big time, bucko.
As commercial hip hop radio becomes tired, turf wars flicker out, and the underground diversifies, does the Bay Area have its own identity anymore?